E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Synopsis
A suburban California boy (Henry Thomas) befriends a harmless, homesick alien stranded on Earth.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now...
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
It's one modern film worthy of being called a contemporary classic.
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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An all-time classic that seems even better after two decades.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie made my heart glad. It is filled with innocence, hope, and good cheer. It is also wickedly funny and exciting as hell.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the...
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
When E.T. debuts on DVD, you can choose between the new version, which better matches E.T.'s words to his lips, and the sweetly clunky,...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A fine picture because it can still, without fail, make an entire audience of children shut up and fall in love with a little green alien...
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Classic

By Huba
Only Spielberg could have made this. It stands the tests of time....

Great

By myannacone
What a wonderful treat to see a movie like E.T. again on the big screen....

E.T.

By dntjohnson
This was such a nostalgic movie for me because I saw it in the theatre when I was 12 and I was able to share it with my 6 year old daughter. For her to experience it on the big screen was a thrill....

Memories

By sp3kdsofl
What a great flashback. I remember seeing this movie when I was 13 and it was great to take my 11 year old son to see it. It's so different seeing it in the theater versus on a TV set. THANK YOU...

Classic for a reason

By redyeah
Speilburg's best alien film is the one with the best acting perfomances. For a young boy to share almost the entire film with an alien puppet is a great task. But this film took that and made...

3 Generations

By ladybug62
This is truely an awesome movie! I saw it 31 years ago with my mother. This time I was able to take my grand daughters to see it. They are 5 and 7 yrs old. They did not move the entire time, which is...

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Review

By Asianfreak
100 out of 100 Other than Lion King, this movie is absolutely fantastic. It's never gets old and the beloved alien sent messages and that's why it became a major Hollywood Oscar winner. Watch it over...

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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